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Why Adams and Maye Are a ‘Rare’ Combination

Posted Jul 31, 2017

Jets First Two Picks of 2017 Draft Impressing Coaches Thus Far, Taking First-Team Reps


The Jets have revamped their secondary with a pair of rookies from the Southeastern Conference leading the safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

“Marcus and I have a phenomenal opportunity,” Adams said following Sunday’s practice. “We’re back there working together running with the ones. We’re just trying to take advantage of every opportunity as well as the other young guys.”

Roommates in both rookie minicamp and now training camp, the duo spends a lot of time together both studying film and hanging out, which have helped their chemistry on the gridiron.


“I was just talking with him,” Adams said of Maye. “We don’t see each other too much at night because we get out pretty late. When we do have time, we definitely sit down and go over some things.”

“It’s been great,” Maye said. “We’ve been doing it since rookie minicamp. Being around each other 24/7 is helping us get that much better on the field, so it’s been great.”

The Jets thought highly of the rookie tandem leading up the Draft and felt fortunate they were both on the board in both the first and second rounds when the team was on the clock. So far, coaches and colleagues have been thoroughly impressed with the LSU and Florida products.

“They can play. It’s rare that these types of things happen, but those two guys showed so much in the spring in what we brought them along with,” head coach Todd Bowles said after Sunday’s practice. “They could only get better. Their maturity level as far as learning the plays exceeded what we wanted as far as expectations as rookies. We think those guys are ready to play.”